I’ve enjoyed this great dual-mono integrated amp (used as a power amp in my system) for a few years now, it replaced my tube set up. In fact, it’s closeness to tube sound was why I bought it. The other reason was the very powerful bass control its 250 WPC provided for my speakers (actually 400 WPC since my speakers are 4 ohm). Talk about control, this amp handled my full range speakers with tons to spare.
You’ve probably read the 6 Moons review if you are considering the A5.5. His opinion mirrored what my experience has been: “The A5 works with a speaker to maximize its performance without dominating it. Through the midrange, the A5 was just as rich and detailed as it was in the bass and it remained transparent not only to the music but also to everything upstream in the system. . . .Overall I found the A5's balance remarkably tube-like in the modern sense of tube sound. Its robust warmth and full-bodied demeanor were not overdone and quite welcome in a transistor-based amplifier in the A's price range. But beyond that, the A5 has a powerful yet agile personality that spells out sand amp. From top to bottom, it has an open, uncongested and unfettered quality that breeds both listening excitement and long-term appeal.”
The A5.5 is a significant improvement over the A5, so why am I selling it for the same or less price as the A5? My set up was in a very tight space, and while removing the amp I got some small scratches on the bottom and front. The bottom doesn’t matter much, and the front marks are virtually invisible 4 feet away (which is the distance from which I took the picture of the front). Nonetheless, I marked the amp down significantly for the marks, as well as for a quick sale. Functionally, the A5.5 has worked without a hitch. I am only selling because I’m going back to pure tubes and a smaller system.
It features a set of metal buttons on the front that include: power/mute, tape monitor, home theater direct input (bypassing all active preamp circuitry within the A5.5), Phono, CD, SACD and Tape inputs (all indicated via subtly lit blue LEDs). On the back can be found jack socket access that allow easy integration into multi-room control systems, and a USB input that allows connection to the music stored on your computer. It is 17.3 inches wide, 4.9 inches high, 15.75 inches deep, and weighs 36.6 pounds.
Complete with original box, manual, stock power cord and remote control. Price includes double-boxed shipping to CONUS, insurance, and Paypal fee (though I’d appreciate it if buyer marks the Paypal payment “Personal” so I avoid the fee). Email me at email@example.com with questions or concerns.